KENYA UNVEILS MEMORIAL STONE FOR SUDAN, THE LAST NORTHERN MALE WHITE RHINO

NAIROBI — The Ol Pejeta Conservancy of the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Laikipia County leaders, rhino lovers from across the globe and the conservancy caretakers have paid their tribute to the last male white northern rhino, known as Sudan, at the Rhino Museum in Laikipia County, about 250 kilometres north of here.

Sudan died on March 19 at 45 years because of age-related complications and veterinarians were forced to euthanize him to relief him of pain.

Speaking during the ceremony, Tourism Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Najib Balala said the Kenyan government was key on making sure that the remains of the rhino will assist scientists who are looking for possibilities of breeding the rhino species.

Balala also said that a process to amend the law to include a life sentence on poachers to ensure wild animals are protected is in the process.

He also stated that his ministry is in the process of establishing a museum for the remains of Sudan to ensure generations to come will have a glimpse of what a Northern Rhino looked like.

Balala also welcomed the move by China to ban importation of game trophies, noting that this is a great move to curb poaching. He urged other countries to follow suit to ensure that wildlife are protected for future generations.

Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi noted that the county was privileged to have hosted the last northern white rhino.

Sudan’s caretaker, James Mwenda, said the rhino was a calm animal whose temperament was cool compared with other rhinos at the conservancy.

A memorial stone was unveiled along with 201 other stones for rhinos who were at the conservancy. Sudan’s memorial stone was placed next to one for another male northern whiter rhino, Suni, who died in October 2014.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK